Master’s & Ph.D

Are you looking for a multi-faceted marine conservation lab for your graduate-level research? Learn what it takes to join the team.

Invaluable Research Opportunities

SRC provides a platform for students to conduct research while enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Miami. Graduate students interested in getting involved with SRC projects while attending graduate school should read Dr. Hammerschlag’s letter to prospective students.

South Florida is an oasis for marine research, with great weather all year round. Our varied research interests, incorporating both the natural and the social sciences, are applied to produce high-quality science in support of important conservation and management goals. Our sampling sites in the Florida Keys, the Everglades, the Dry Tortugas, and the Bahamas are home to a diverse assemblage of shark species including nurse sharks, blacktips, blacknoses, great and scalloped hammerheads, tiger sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks.

Graduate students working on SRC projects have the opportunity to train and manage undergraduate interns, lead shark research trips, and speak with local school groups about marine conservation. Over the past few years, thousands of high school students, ranging from underserved public school districts to elite prep schools, have accompanied us out on the water to learn about sharks and participate in research.

SRC is a joint initiative of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

Click HERE to find out more about summer research opportunities!


Masters — MS & MPS

Prospective students interested in attending the University of Miami as Masters or Masters of Professional Science student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, click HERE for more information.

Shark Research Internship

Have you always dreamt of being a marine biologist? Do you have the yearning to immerse yourself in shark research? Are you an innate leader with a passion for education? If so, the Shark Research Internship could be your dream come true.

At any one time, we have around 15 undergraduate and graduate students working as volunteer shark research interns. Most students intern for the maximum length of time — 3 semesters — growing into experienced field scientists and leaders in educational outreach. After 3 semesters, many students opt to begin an independent project with SRC, delving deeper into a research topic of their choice.

The responsibilities as a Shark Research Intern are ever-evolving as our Program expands. Currently, the primary duties include:

  • Attend scheduled shark research/outreach trips and participate actively on the boat (trips usually run every other weekend Friday-Sunday out of Key Biscayne, most interns are scheduled for about 4 trips per semester)
  • Participate in all mandatory training sessions and lab meetings (usually about 2 sessions per semester)
  • Write between 1–3 research trip summaries for the SRC Blog
  • Write at least 1 Blog entry breaking down an ocean-related scientific publication for the general public (350 words)
  • Write at least 1 extended Blog entry about a marine conservation topic of choice (500–750 words)
  • Interns will also be evaluated according to a Performance Review Points System. This has been created to reward those who consistently go above and beyond in their work.

Apply for a Shark Research Internship



Creative Internships

Immerse yourself in a world of beauty, mystery and sheer inspiration with SRC. Allow your creativity to reach new depths as you explore how art, communication and marine science can become inexorably intertwined. Come face-to-face with our ocean’s top predators, or paint your imagination with the vibrant colors of secluded coral reefs. Each semester, we welcome new creative interns to the team. Currently, we have semester-long internships (volunteer, 1, 2, or 3 credits) for:
  • Video Production
  • Field Photography
  • Conservation Writing
  • Custom-Designed Multimedia Internship
Applicants must have a strong foundation within their area of expertise and access to relevant equipment. While a large degree of creative freedom will be given, interns must be highly self-motivated.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Prospective students interested in the Ph.D program in Marine & Atmospheric Science, click HERE for more information. Prospective students interested in the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy, click HERE for more information. Students interested in working with Dr. Hammerschlag should read his letter to prospective students.

Funding Resouces

We all know, research is expensive! To help your dreams become a reality, apply for grants and scholarships. Here are a couple helpful funding resources:

Are you interested in doing a MULTIMEDIA PROJECT with SRC?

“My masters program at Northeastern University included a research and internship requirement, and I was lucky enough to do both with the Shark Research & Conservation Program. The chance to be out in the sun and working with sharks was an amazing opportunity, it’s exciting to be a part of such important research and conservation efforts.”

— Piper Wallingford Masters Student ’11

“The Ph.D. experience with SRC is a mixture of rigorous scientific training coupled with extensive field time. Being a member of Dr. Hammerschlag’s Lab has helped me realize that spending time with sharks in their natural environment is key. I have gained a deeper, more instinctual understanding of these species, better preparing me to navigate my doctoral degree.”

— Austin Gallagher, Ph.D. candidate